Use of Diabetes Oral Meds On the Rise
Current medical guidelines recommend that patients with Type 2 diabetes start with lifestyle modification plus metformin, but subsequently add oral medications, insulin or non-insulin injectable drugs if treatment goals are not achieved.
The AHRQ brief also quantified the mean out-of-pocket expenditure on prescribed anti-diabetic medications , which went from $221 in 1997-1998 (in 2007 dollars) to $273 in 2006-2007. But the mean out-of-pocket spending for insulin nearly doubled, from $132 to $257, in the same span.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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